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Old 12-03-2009, 08:49 PM
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Chrysler 300M radiator removal

Any knowledgeable help would be great. Someone been here, done this?

I have a 2002 300M and need to replace the radiator (cracked side tank). Anyhow, got it all taken apart except there are seperate lines running out of the transcooler part of the radiator to a seperate cooler in front of the AC condenser. It appears to be a secondary trans cooler. These lines (metal then crimped to hoses) are attached to the left side of the radiator and I cant see how to detach them. The seperate cooler is mounted to the condensor with, what appear to be, small feet that pass through the condensor. I can't see how to remove the feet to free the secondary cooler from the condensor. Hope all this makes some sense. If I could get the secondary cooler free from the condensor then I could lift the rad and cooler over the top of the condensor. If I could unclip the lines from the side of the radiator then I could free the radiator and pull it out alone. Very frustrating to be so close yet so far away, ya know? Anyhow, any helpful suggestions would be great. Thanks.
Brian

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Am not real sure but the lines might have a clip like some of the newer cars fuel lines. The have a special tool that you must use to undo the clip and then it's free to pull apart. I'd call your local Mopar dealer and ask .
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The solution

Okay, for any poor sap who is trying to do the same thing, here is how I got it out. After removing all hardware I was able to wiggle the rad/condensor/cooler pack forward on the left side. With a 16" extension, wobbly connector and 8mm socket I snaked it through the fog lamp (YEP, THE FOG LAMP! there is a hole just big enough for this), past the body work of the car to the area where I was holding the rad pack. I couldn't see the bolt, but could see where I was putting the socket by looking down from the top of the car while holding the socket extension through the fog lamp hole. It's a course bolt that only needs about three turns and it's out. Radiator is now free to wiggle out the top. Whew! I'd like to go find the college graduate that decided to put a screw there and POP that guy right between the eyes!

But anyhow, it's done. Don't know that I can get the screw back IN there again, but at least I can now install my new radiator.

Thanks for your input.
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whats the hose lines called

whenn pulling out the radiator, those two lines that come off the radiator and are metal for the first 5 inches then rubber after does anyone happen to kno what they are called? and if i could buy them in a local store? it sprays out radiatyor fluid is it a blown line? if some one could help me with this it would be more then great- thanks
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